FIRST ON 3: Former Pender deputy gets split decision on sex charges

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A judge has found a former Pender County Sheriff's captain guilty of soliciting crimes against nature, but threw out a charge of soliciting prostitution.

Earlier this year Wilmington Police pulled over Mark Sloan after he failed to use his turn signal. Someone else was in the car, and cops say the captain tried to pay the male passenger for sex.

During closing arguments the defense successfully argued that Sloan did not commit solicitation of prostitution because state law says prostitution involves intercourse, which the state defines as involving a man and a woman.

Emergency District Court Judge Shelly Holt sentenced Sloan to 18 months unsupervised probation, a $200 fine, surrender law enforcement credentials in the next eight to 10 days.

The prosecution says Sloan picked up the Raleigh man, who had been visiting Wilmington, back in June. Today that man, Alton Ross Jr., took the stand, telling the court his version of what happened the night Sloan was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and crimes against nature.

Ross said Sloan pulled over and offered him a ride. Ross got into the vehicle and said Sloan asked him if he was into guys. Ross said yes, but then told Sloan he was not into older white men. Ross then told the court that sloan asked him if he would let him perform oral sex on Ross for money. Ross also told the court that Sloan was willing to pay him if ross were to perform anal sex on him.

Ross admitted on the stand that he told Sloan if the money was right he would be willing to engage in the sexual acts discussed. Ross claims Sloan then showed him some money, and moments later, before anything had taken place, police pulled the men over.

Before Ross's testimony today the defense tried to prevent him from taking the stand. Sloan's attorney claimed the initial traffic stop was illegal, so the evidence that followed the stop should not be allowed. The judge denied the motion.

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I do not usually leave comments, but feel in this case I must explain a few things. Sloan was not pulled over just because he failed to use his turn signal. He was stopped because he was an older white male in a high crime/ narcotic area at a very late hour; this behavior would look suspicious to any law enforcement officer. The officers then used the turn signal violation as probable cause to make a stop and investigate his activity. This was not a setup; this was WPD officers doing a superb job. Sloan was brought out into the light and shown for what he is. The Law enforcement community is a better place without him, and shame on you Carson Smith for letting him ruin the careers of many fine officers. Sloan was a captain at the sheriff’s department as a political favor to win votes, not because he was qualified to be there. In my experience with Sloan he was not qualified to shine shoes, much less be a deputy. He got exactly what he deserved, and for those of you that still feel he was setup…..Your blind to the truth.

A sexual Predator. He is now guilty. He legally must register as such.
Now I ask you, "is he still qualified to be a law enforcement officer?
I think not"
As for the arrest, how many people get pulled over for a turn signal violation. This whole thing smells of a set up.

Do you consider people who patronize (adult) prostitutes sexual predators? I always thought of it more as a business transaction. An illegal, nasty transaction, but still a business transaction. After all, they're not forcing the prostitute do do anything against their will. The prostitute is offering a service for money. As long as there's no rape, assault/battery, or underage people involved, I don't see anything predatory about it.

article. He has to surrender his credentials within 10 days; and after that he will not be an officer anywhere in NC. His employment with Pender County had already been terminated. As a registered sex offender, I doubt any law enforcement or security gaurd firm anywhere in the US would hire him.

I thought that was one of the requirements to become a cop! I though that is why they are such dumbs@@!!!!

I'm so proud of you son!

Alton Ross Sr.

I can't believe that he got a split decision... just because it had to be a man and a woman.... This is so much worse... OMG !!!!!

he get s a slap on the wrist and thats all.... The system really doesn't work .. Does it ???

im i understand you right he got a split decision because in NC rape is defined as penetration of the vagina... ie its impossible for a male to rape a male.

I doubt there is a snowballs chance in #&!! Any LEO worth their salt would defend the likes of Mark Sloan. He has far more enemies than friends.

Well thats just as nasty as all get out. Wonder how many times he did this before he got caught? EWWWWWWWW gross !

Fine upstanding example of police upholding the law. Come on badge hags waiting for you to defend him. He can probably get a job at Leland PD.

I guess in your sheltered life you haven't noticed there are bad apples in every profession that somehow manage to slip through the cracks. It happens in the military, Timothy McVeigh, Nidal Hasan, Jeffrey MacDonald were all convicted of murder. In sports you have Kobe Bryant, Michael Vick & Ben Roethlisberger all have had charges of some sort brought against them.
Do you talk bad about the military or sports like you seem to do law enforcement? Does this also mean no matter what you promise to never call 911 for help?

Since you have identified yourself as homosexual, you should also hold the same standard to homosexual people since some have committed sex crimes and call all of them scum.

When you make broad general statements, you generally make yourself just look foolish. Well done.

you forgot school teachers. Seems like once a week a female school teacher somewhere in the country is getting caught playing "doctor" with some young boy. You're right, there's weirdo's everywhere.

Male teachers are just as bad. I also left out coaches, politicians, priests & doctors.

Yeah there are some bad apples in every profession however, their are a lot more rotten apples in the cop profession!!!!! They are professional scum!!!!!

Put your money where your mouth is. I would be willing to bet I can find more politicians that have abused public trust than you can find in police. Or in doctors, teachers, religion or coaches. I'm guessing you tried to become a cop and couldn't cut it and are now bitter.

On behalf of the badge hags, ILM NATIVE, I can see that at least the "badges" that caught him acted the same with this corrupt LEO that they would have with anyone else. If this says anything about LEO in Wimington, is that these particular ones happened to do a fine job in getting this one off the street. Including their testimony in court this week. There is no profession/occupation completely devoid of wackadoos, including LEOs. With that being said, however, you seem to elude to the fact that ALL LEOs are perverted criminals with badges. That is just simply not true. If you cannot see that fact, than you sir/mam are just ignorant of reality.

My bet is, somewhere you tried to be in Law Enforcement, but you were rejected. Now you have sour grapes.

Like every other profession on the planet, there are bad apples. Just because one errs, doesn't mean that they are all bad. And guess what, they are human too.

I'm in law Enforcement and will never defend this guy. he is finally getting what he deserves and the people of Pender County can breathe easy that a racial tyrant is no longer patroling the streets...Thank you WPD for doing what Carson Smith would never do.

Carson was warned about this piece of crap a long time ago. All the fools who have also claimed that he was somehow set up. Do me a favor and explain that one. Sloan circled the block at least three times while trolling that night. This was obviously something he was well practiced at. Some of you folks are just pissed at the fact that you were wrong about him. He wasn't some great Christian conservative as he lead so many to believe. He is a perverted piece of crap racist who got off way too easy. You idiots that blame this on WPD officers should be ashamed. You owe the police an apology that I am sure nobody will have the honor to give. You are in good company with Mark!